This is the first vintage from winemaking team Jim Duane and Philippe Melka to incorporate a concrete egg for fermentation, but it won’t be the last. The egg’s environment draws out the most subtle floral elements and adds depth, volume and texture. Antonio Galloni called it “a gorgeous and super-distinctive wine,” noting that “Lemon oil, mint, lemon peel, sage, and grilled herbs add savory character to this super-expressive, highly nuanced Chardonnay.” This white makes for a perfect counterpoint to Seavey’s killer cab and, like any bonded pair, they should be kept together!
Seavey Winery is firing on all cylinders. This gorgeous hillside vineyard in Conn Valley behind Meadowood resort is producing truly elite wines, entirely from their estate vineyards. It’s also thanks to Philippe Melka, a consulting winemaker who made his name at no less than Château Haut Brion, Dominus Estate, and Petrus, and today consults for the likes of Hundred Acre, Vineyard 29, and Lail. The guy is a pro, and Seavey was his first consulting gig in the Napa Valley.
The 2018 Chardonnay is super-expressive and nuanced. Lemon oil, mint, lemon peel, sage, and grilled herbs add savory character to this super-expressive, highly nuanced Chardonnay that finishes with pretty tropical notes that add a bit of flair. The 2018 is a wine of tremendous class and personality – I loved it. This is a gorgeous and super-distinctive wine.